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University Marks 50th Anniversary with Events, Banner Year of Branding

A yearlong celebration, which kicked off Aug. 18 at University Convocation, will mark this significant milestone, officially culminating with spring commencement ceremonies in May. Read more »

Jindal School Graduates Earn Women in Business Awards

Judy Hendrick MS’86 and Sejal Desai MBA’99 were recognized by the Dallas Business Journal for their leadership at an awards event on Aug. 21. Read more 

Alumni Brothers Bring Video Games to Life Through Triple B Titles

Enrique Dryere BA’09 and Paul Dryere BA’12 combined their childhood passion and UT Dallas educations to create an indie game studio. Read more 

Recap: UT Dallas Night at Globe Life Park

See our photo gallery from the second annual event, which included an alumni barbecue and President Richard C. Benson throwing out the first pitch. Read more 

There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Oozeball

The 2019 mud volleyball tournament hosted by the Student Ambassadors kicks off Friday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m. Registration for the event ends Wednesday, Sept. 11 at midnight. Read more 

Make an Impact on North Texas Giving Day

Join us on Sept. 19 for an 18-hour giving extravaganza to benefit our local nonprofits and make a difference in our Comet community. Read more 

Biomedical Engineering Grad Becomes First Phi Kappa Phi 1897 Fellow

Sydney Sherman BS’19 has been named the first 1897 Fellow of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The new national award recognizes the highest-scoring applicant in a STEM discipline. Read more 

Comet Speaks: Author Kimberly King Parsons BA’00, MA’04 Shares Her Current Must-Haves, Book Recommendation

The mind behind Black Light, a collection of short stories debuting Aug. 13, reveals her favorite read of the year and provides advice for aspiring writers. Read more 

UT Dallas Night at the Ballpark is Near

Watch the Texas Rangers take on the Seattle Mariners at the second annual UT Dallas Night at the Ballpark. Read more 

UT Dallas Internship Program Led Mary Elbanna BA’16, MPP’16 to Career in Politics

Now the chief of staff for Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, Mary Elbanna BA’16, MPP’16 put her original plan to attend law school on hold to pursue a stint in public service. Read more 

Planned Giving Comes Easily to Alumna

Jerri L. Hammer MS’97 and David Pomberg found a unique way to support UT Dallas through personalized planned giving options. As their gifts grow over time, so does their impact. Read more 

Alumni in the News: Comets Making Headlines

From a love story in The New York Times to commentary in The Dallas Morning News, UT Dallas alumni are making waves in the news. Read more 

Alumni Bring New Flavor, Nepali Dumplings to Dallas Diners

Leezen Amatya BS’15, Thang Duong BS’15 and Daniel Flores BS’15 are the Comets behind Momo Shack, a family-and-friends-owned pop-up business that makes Nepali dumplings from scratch. Read more 

A Strong Community at UT Dallas Helped Michael Parmerlee BS’06 Find His Niche

The graduate’s formative years at the University allowed him to build a network of lifelong friends and connections and find success in his family business. Read more 

Alumnus’ Gift Helps Transform University’s Esports Facility

Thanks to a $100,000 gift from Daniel Shen BS’10, the facility where The University of Texas at Dallas esports teams train and play is now the Sector 7 Energy Esports Gaming Arena. Read more 

For Alumnus, University Ring Comes Full Circle 20 Years Later

Twenty years passed before a LinkedIn message paved the way to reunite Rob Thomas BS’94 with his long-lost UT Dallas ring, a story Thomas told as the featured speaker at the University’s biannual Read more 

Wedded Bliss: See How Comet Couples Tied the Knot

Once strangers and undergraduates at The University of Texas at Dallas, these Comet couples have gone from students to married couples, a life milestone worth celebrating. Read on to see how the follo Read more 

New Texas Instruments Fellowship Trains Future Nonprofit Leaders

Halfway through his tenure as the inaugural Texas Instruments Founders Leadership Fellow at The University of Texas at Dallas, Archie Nettles BS’11, MPA’18 said the fellowship has helped shape his Read more 

Brian Beck-Smith BS’05 Helps Lead Future Comets to Success in Math

The DeSoto High School math teacher spends his spring and summers helping middle school students prepare for high school and college through UT Dallas’ Future Comets program. Read more 

Alumni Reception Highlights State Farm, University’s Partnership

With more than 300 employees who graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas, State Farm’s partnership encourages engagement from alumni employees, who are given even more opportunities to stay Read more 

A Guide to UT Dallas Summer Camps

Catering to students with diverse interests, UT Dallas offers a wide range of summer programs for kids as young as 6 and as old as 18. Here’s a roundup of the current camps still open for registrati Read more 

For Emily Chrastka BS’16, Creating Eco-friendly Flowers is a Science

The neuroscience graduate turned what she learned from grueling 18-hour semesters into an environmentally conscious business that provides long-lasting wood flowers for weddings, holidays, corporate e Read more 

Distinguished Alumni, Supporters Celebrated at Annual Awards Gala

Three graduates and two long-time advocates were recognized for their accomplishments, advocacy and steadfast support during the 2019 UT Dallas Awards Gala on March 30. Read more 

Comet Corner: Last-Minute Tips for Tax Season

Tax advisor Martin Navarro MS’14 The certified public accountant has years of experience delivering tax returns and has offeresd up a few last-minute tips for preparing your taxes. Read more 

Female STEM Students Create YWISE Alumni Group for Wiser Future

Samantha Montoya, Amira Zakrya, Maria Valdez and Adriana Alva formed an alumni group for students who participated in UT Dallas’ YWISE Investigators program, which encourages young women to pursue S Read more 

How UT Dallas Helped Emily Luth BS’17 Find Her True Passion

Although she loved the engineering field and planned to finish her degree in biomedical engineering, Luth’s experience in the athletic department and her time as a Student Ambassador helped transfor Read more 

University Alumni, Supporters to be Honored at Annual Gala

Five individuals whose personal and professional accomplishments have contributed to the well-being of the University and their communities will be recognized during the evening’s celebrations. Read more 

Female Comets Making Waves in Their Industries

In honor of International Women's Day, PhD student Candler Paige and Saadia Sheikh BA’09 share how they’re making a difference in the communities they care about. Read more 

Calling All Comets: Become a Giving Day Ambassador

The third annual Comets Giving Day will take place Tuesday, April 2 from 6 a.m. to midnight. The 18-hour event provides UT Dallas alumni and supporters opportunities to support any area of the Univers Read more 

Introducing JonssonConnect, a New App for Jonsson School Alumni

Stay connected with UT Dallas through a new, personal tool to help Jonsson School alumni stay up to date on school news, find jobs and register and check-in at events. Read more 

Photo Gallery: A Celebration of Comets

Friends, supporters and alumni gathered throughout the fall semester to celebrate new developments and events at The University of Texas at Dallas.  Read more 

Comets on a Couch: Relationship Edition

We put Comet couples to the test in Newlywed Game-style trivia at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center. Stay tuned for more editions of Comets on a Couch! Read more 

Comets Speak: Producer Ryan Ahrens BA’02 Shares His Current Must-Haves, Oscar Pick

Ahrens’ production company has produced notable films “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Chasing Coral” and “The Birth of a Nation.” The company recently premiered “Selah and the Spades” at last mont Read more 

It’s Not Too Late to Order Your UT Dallas Ring

Whether you graduated this past year or a decade ago, you can still showcase your school pride and accomplishment with the UT Dallas ring. Read more 

Alumni in the News: Comets Making Headlines

From Gizmodo to WFAA and the Dallas Business Journal, UT Dallas alumni are making waves in the news. Read more 

Comet Corner: Dietitian Stella Yan BS’15 Shares Five Ways to Make Your Resolutions a Reality

Instead of making unrealistic resolutions when it comes to your diet and overall health, Stella Yan BS’15 suggests five simple ways to create better eating habits in 2019. Read more 

Meet Cody Meyers, Director of Alumni Relations

Before coming to UT Dallas in 2017 to serve as the assistant director of alumni relations for the Naveen Jindal School of Management, Cody Meyers spent six years working in various roles for The Unive Read more 

Ring Ceremony a Celebration of Accomplishments, Supporters

More than 70 UT Dallas students received their University rings in December as they gathered with family and friends to commemorate their personal achievements and thank those who have helped them on Read more 

The Gift of Giving: Scholarship Serves as Inspiration for Graduate, Donor

Five years ago, Nicole Tucker BA'04 never imagined she could establish a scholarship at her alma mater. This past fall, the first scholarship was awarded to Lailani Garcia, a senior in the School of B Read more 

Campus Mall and Trellis Plaza Renaming Announced at Celebration of Support

Iconic campus destinations named in honor of the late Mrs. Margaret McDermott, renowned Dallas-area philanthropist, loyal University benefactor and wife of UT Dallas co-founder Eugene McDermott. Read more 

UT Dallas Alumna Brings a New Approach to Elementary Education

A few miles north of The University of Texas at Dallas, there is another school that prides itself on taking an innovative approach to education. The Guthrie School, founded in 2013 by Jill Guthrie BA Read more 

Jindal School Alumnus Leverages Corporate Matching Gifts

R. Carter Pate MS’03 helped secure UT Dallas’ eligibility for matching gifts from PwC. Using this support, he helped fund the first scholarships for accounting students in the Naveen Jindal School Read more 

University Recognizes Distinguished Alumni, Supporters at Awards Gala

UT Dallas alumni and friends recently gathered to celebrate the distinguished accomplishments and dedicated service of six award recipients at the 2018 UT Dallas Awards Gala on March 24, 2018. Read more 

Young Alumni Couple Invests in Future Comets

Dr. Stacey Boland BS'00 and Dr. Justin Boland BS'00 originally met as undergraduates at UT Dallas. In addition to their annual gifts, the couple decided it was time to include the University in their Read more 

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center Opens On Campus

Activities at the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center will engage students and strengthen ties to the University’s growing alumni base. Read more 

Alumnus Named UT Dallas Development Board Chair

Mike Brodie BS’76 was appointed chair of the UT Dallas Development Board at the annual fall board meeting on Sept. 7. Read more 

Alumnus Honors Professor’s Influence Decades Later

Until recently, Dr. Solomon Luo MS’78 hadn’t seen Professor John Jagger since his graduation from the University more than three decades ago. Yet the influence of this instructor has long made an Read more 

Alumnus Invests in Future

With the start of the new semester, nine international students descended on UT Dallas eager to advance their studies and accelerate their futures. Setting them apart from many of their fellow interna Read more